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Walden-Sierra Purchased by Pennsylvania Health Group

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Increasing demands for treatment, particularly related to substance abuse, and dwindling public funding for it was part of the reason the Walden group was recently purchased by a Pennsylvaniabased health care company. Since 1973 Walden has been the county’s largest substance abuse and crisis counseling service, but the organization’s leaders say it made the move to join Pyramid Health Care to keep pace with rapidly changing times. “The times have changed, however, and we must grow and change to respond to the ever- increasing complexity and acuity of health needs experienced by the people in the communities we are privileged to serve. With the changes in public funding and the ever-increasing need for quality treatment, the Board of Directors and leadership have sought to make sure we have mission sustain-

ability, financial viability and the ability to expand our wonderful services. This partnership accomplishes all three,” said Walden CEO and executive director Kathleen O’Brien in a prepared statement. According to Walden, all of its facilities will remain open and it will continue to accept all insurance carriers that it currently works with; it will continue to provide services for in-patient and outpatient substance abuse, mental health issues and recovery support. It is in the process of finding another service provider to handle its program of assisting victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and violent crime. Dr. Meena Brewster, the county’s chief health officer, said her organization would be watching the merger to ensure the needs were eventually met for the sexual assault and domestic violence assistance programs. Brewster believed the merger could be good for St. Mary’s County. “If there’s an expansion of service, which we always need more of, that will be a positive for the community,” Brewster said. “We’re following closely what’s happening with this merger.” The sale of its assets to Pyramid Health means Walden will no longer be a non-profit entity.

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Meghan Ridgell, marketing representative for Walden, said the merger with the larger business entity should have no effect on Walden’s programs or how clients can get service or pay for it. “Nothing is changing except for our partnership with Pyramid Health,” Ridgell said. “We’re partnering with them for better opportunities for our company.” Though the service provider is based in St. Mary’s County it serves clients

from Calvert County as well as the rest of Southern Maryland. Pyramid Healthcare, Inc. is a behavioral health provider founded in 1999. The company employs a staff of over 2,000 and operates 78 facilities and six autism schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina.


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Father Of Infant Who Died on Base Wants Record Expunged By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Junek found the infant unconscious and unresponsive in the hot car, the complaint said, and he called emergency responders. Junek later told law officers that he had even come back out to his car at just before 1p.m. for a meeting in another building, drove to that destination and had to air out the car because it was so hot. Junek’s latest filing in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt shows he wants an expungement of his record to facilitate a promotion in the U.S. Navy Reserve. “Defendant is a Naval Reserve officer up for promotion to Commander, but whose promotion has been held up by this case,” court filings read. “…the requested expungement is, therefore, very important to him.” The hearing for his expungement has not been set, according to court records. Junek has also appealed a Department of Social Services ruling in January charging him with neglect of his infant son who died. That appeal has yet to be completed, court records show.

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5:50p.m. and finally got resolved by about 10p.m.” A U.S. Navy reserve officer whose Nelson said he has been gathering baby perished in a hot car on Patuxent timelines of various failures of the sysRiver Naval Air Station in 2014 is seektem and wants to present it to elected ing to have federal charges against him leaders. expunged. “There’s definitely consistent probJohn Junek filed a petition for a hearlems… but it seems to happen at random ing in May to have his record with the times,” Nelson said. “These issues have federal court system erased, court filbeen continuous and we’ve been speakings show; all charges against him had ing about it for years.” been dropped in 2016 after a nearly twoCounty Commissioner Tom Jarboe year investigation. said the request for a public debate about The criminal complaint against Junek the system’s merits comes at a difficult filed in 2015 showed he had dropped his time, since it is currently undergoing its older, 4-year-old son off at pre-school acceptance phase. that morning before going on base to his During this time the discrepancies office at Building 2187. and failures in the system are supposed Junek told law officers that he was to be identified and addressed; the projsupposed to drop the infant, just 17 ect to move to the new system provided By Guy Leonard months old, off at the child development by Harris Corporation has been years in Staff Writer center on base but failed to do so, leavthe making and costs about $30 million. ing him in a rear-facing child seat from Most of that money has already been The president of the St. Mary’s Counabout 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. ty Fire Board, a group that represents spent on building new towers and comAt nearly half past 3 p.m. Junek rethe local volunteer fire companies, says pleting the communication infrastrucceived a call from his wife to ask if he problems continue with the county’s ture needed to support that system, Jarhad the car seat and then realized, acboe said. emergency dispatch radio system. cording to the criminal complaint, that He said he did not support having a John Nelson, who is also a state fire he might not have dropped his son off. investigator, sent a letter to the Commis- public debate the next time the commissioners of St. Mary’s County requesting sioner board met Aug. 21. “There’s too much emotion attached a meeting between the two groups to to this right now,” Jarboe said. “It’s prediscuss the ongoing problems. The first major incident of the summer mature to have a meeting on this; we’re still in the acceptance phase with the at the60s, Patuxent Air & Sta-roll Come shake, rattle, & roll to the best of the was 50s, &River 70sNaval rock new!!! system.” tion AirExpo, Nelson said. County commissioners could still deThe June 2 event found all the firstresponders in the county having to fall cide to move to another system, Jarboe back on back up systems as the radio said, if Harris fails to deliver on providing a reliable emergency communicasystem went out for hours. Their emergency pagers also did not tions network, but legal constraints in work, Nelson told The County Times; the contract meant the county had to see first-responders had to rely on text mes- the acceptance phase through. “It would be a significant cost to saging on their cell phones. The latest incident of radio system switch,” said Jarboe. “We are holding malfunctions occurred July 22, said Harris accountable. “We are tracking every single time it Nelson, when emergency radios failed fails.” in the northern end of the county. “They were not receiving any sigHOLIDAY I!!!NN SOLOMONS Come shake, rattle, & roll to the best of the 50s, 60s, & 70s rock & roll nals,” Nelson said. “That started at Come shake, rattle, & roll to the best of the 50s, 60s, & 70s rock & roll !!!

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Governor Larry Hogan today an- academic program offered before and nounced $18.6 mil- after the school day, or in summer lion in new educa- a school with a high concentratio for n of tion funding to go students in kindergarten through eighth living in poverty toward a series and at risk of falling of initiatives, includ- behind academic requirements, along with $500,000 for ing recommenda the recruitment, traintions from Mary- ing, and ongoing development of new land’s Commission teachers. An additional $4.9 on Innovation and million will Excellence in Edu- used by the Interagency Commission be cation, known as the Kirwan Commis- School Construction (IAC) to conductOn sion. 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The following items re on the agenda for the Aug 22, 2018 meeting of the St. Mary’s County Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC). The committee is made up of agency representatives who review projects prior to them going to the planning commission or for the Department of Land Use and Growth Management four staff review. The list is usually a good first look at commercial and residential projects coming to the county.

MINOR SUBDIVISION # 1811000019, PV SOMERVILLE LOT 5, MINOR SUBDIVISION (Zoning Ordinance 10-02) (Subdivision Ordinance 10-01) OWNER: Ryan O Gray AGENT: Chesapeake Trails Surveying LOCATION: B Somerville Lane, Loveville, MD 20656. LAND USE: Rural Preservation ZONING: Rural Preservation District (RPD) ACREAGE: 4.95 ACTION REQUESTED: Review of a 1-lot Minor Subdivision

CONCEPT SITE PLAN #1813200015, GUY PROPERTIES LLC REPAIR AND STORAGE BUILDING (Zoning Ordinance 10-02) (Use # 61, Motor Vehicle Maintenance Service, Major) OWNER: Guy Properties LLC. AGENT: Laura Clarke Consulting, LLC LOCATION: 23490 Budds Creek Road, Clements MD, 206246. LAND USE: Mixed Use Low Intensity ZONING: Village Center Mixed Use (VMX)/ Resource Conservation Area (RCA) ACREAGE: 2.86 ACTION REQUESTED: Review of a 5,120 square foot commercial building for repair and storage.

MINOR SUBDIVISION # 1811000020, GREAT MILLS TRADING POST LOT 1 (Zoning Ordinance 10-02) (Subdivision Ordinance 10-01) OWNER: Joseph D. & Deborah F. Knott AGENT: Robert E. Trautman LOCATION: 20772 Indian Bridge Road, Great Mills, MD 20634. LAND USE: MixedUse Medium-Intensity ZONING: Corridor Mixed Use (CMX) ACREAGE: 5.793 ACTION REQUESTED: Review of a 1-lot Minor Subdivision.

CONCEPT SITE PLAN #18-132-016, AQUACULTURE, SHED, & ELECTRIC (Zoning Ordinance 10-02) (Use # 4, Aquaculture) OWNER: Sheldon Russell LOCATION: 44394 Tall Timbers Road, Tall Timbers, MD 20690. LAND USE: Rural Preservation ZONING: Rural Preservation District (RPD)/Resource Conservation Area (RCA) ACREAGE: 3.18 ACTION REQUESTED: Review of a Concept plan for Aquaculture and 340 square foot Storage Shed. MINOR SUBDIVISION # 1711000012, CARROLL FARM SUBDIVISION (Zoning Ordinance 10-02) (Subdivision Ordinance 10-01) OWNER: Charles R Carroll AGENT: VARC, LLC LOCATION: 49425 Carroll Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. LAND USE: Rural Preservation ZONING: Rural Preservation District (RPD)/Resource Conservation Area (RCA) ACREAGE: 73.17 ACTION REQUESTED: Review of a 1-lot Minor Subdivision.

MINOR SUBDIVISION # 1811000021, SOUTHSTAR LIMITED PARTNERSHIP MINOR SUBDIVISION (Zoning Ordinance 10-02) (Subdivision Ordinance 10-01) OWNER: Southstar Limited Partnership AGENT: St. John Properties/Ken Findley LOCATION: 23344 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. LAND USE: Industrial Area ZONING: Industrial (I), PUDIP, Airport Environs (AE4) ACREAGE: 6.77 ACTION REQUESTED: Review of a 3-lot Minor Subdivision MINOR SUBDIVISION # 1811000022, AMOS R STOLTZFUS MINOR SUBDIVISION (Zoning Ordinance 10-02) (Subdivision Ordinance 10-01) OWNER: Amos R Stoltzfus AGENT: Little Silences Rest, Inc. LOCATION: 36835, 36845, 36860 Millwood Lane, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 LOCATION: 27925 Thompson Corner Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. LAND USE: Rural Preservation ZONING: Rural Preservation District (RPD) ACREAGE: 62.00 ACTION REQUESTED: Review of a 3-lot Minor Subdivision

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Board of Appeals to Hear Fire House Project By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A proposed new fire house to be built just behind the old one in Valley Lee has a hearing before the county’s Board of Appeals tonight in Leonardtown. The Second District Vo l u n t e e r Fire Department and Rescue Squad is asking for a variance from the zoning code which requires that a structure being built next to a perennial stream maintain a buffer zone of 100 feet. The request, if granted by the Board of Appeals, would reduce the buffer to 50 feet, according to county land use documents. The proposed project would be more than 27,000 square feet in size to house emergency fire and rescue squad vehicles. The project received preliminary approval from the county Planning Commission in February. Some structures will be removed from the property and the old well and septic system is to be abandoned, county land use documents showed. The stream that requires a buffer flows into nearby Herring Creek; some of the parking spaces and stormwater management facilities in the new firehouse grounds plan cuts into the 100foot buffer. The firehouse project comes after a long and contentious debate in the 2nd and 9th election districts, which the Valley Lee volunteers serve, over whether there should be an increase in the local fire and rescue tax. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County recently approved the tax increase, which the membership of the fire and rescue company had asked for, in part to defray operational costs and to build a new firehouse.

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State Taking Farm Land to Plant Trees, Shrubs By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The State Highway Administration is moving ahead with plans to use eminent domain to take farm land in Piney Point so it can move ahead with a road project near Point Lookout; one local farmer is protesting the move. “There it is,” said Kyle Matthew, a U.S. Navy F-18 pilot and part-time farmer, looking out over about 48 acres of farm land just off Piney Point Road near St. George Creek. “All that farm land and they want to take it away.” Matthew has been in negotiations with the owner of the land, Richard Brusca, to buy it and continue farming it; Matthew wants to move into organic farming on that parcel. He already owns 26 acres of land in Piney Point and wants to expand that effort. But a project on Route 5 near Camp Brown Road means that the state will have to clear away some trees and other vegetation and it is required to replant the same somewhere else. The process is related to wetlands mitigation, mandated by the state’s Critical Area law that governs development and changes in the natural habitat 1,000 feet from the shoreline. Matthew said that there were other parcels of land in the area, but the state

was not interested in them, just the 48 acres he wanted to buy. He said he offered Brusca $115,000 for the land to the state’s offer of $106,000. Brusca confirmed in an interview that the state had always intended to take the land. “They made an offer that was lower than what we wanted,” Brusca told The County Times. “They basically want all of it.” Matthew said he had tried to negotiate a deal with the state that would allow him to farm a portion of the 48 acres and give the rest over for wetlands mitigation. But the state was not Kyle Matthew, a naval aviator and organic farmer, stands near 48 acres of arable land the state wants to take for rural land mitigation. interested, he said. Representatives with lie Gischlar in a prepared statement. highway project. It has already been apthe state said the mitigation would ben- “MDOT SHA is acquiring this land for proved by the Critical Area Commission efit local bird habitat. critical area mitigation, which includes as well. When the land was placed on “The property was for sale for over Forest Interior Dwelling Bird (FIDS) sale by the owner, there were no requireone year and MDOT SHA bought the habitat requirements to mitigate impacts ments placed on the sale of the land exproperty as required mitigation for the due to the MD5-Causeway to South of cept that is should remain undeveloped.” $18 million MD 5 Point Lookout Road Camp Brown Road highway project. Causeway south of Camp Brown Road “This land meets the critical area and project,” said SHA spokesman Char- FIDs mitigation needs for the MD 5


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Shockwave Puts SoMD Disc Dog on the Map By Casey Bacon Contributing Writer

As the saying goes, man is a dog’s best friend. If that’s the case, discs are a close second. Fetch has long been a staple for exercise and bonding between owner and pet. It’s since been elevated to a sport—Disc Dog—blossoming a dedicated and growing community of animal lovers competing to showcase their talent. Here in Southern Maryland, Sandra and Glenn Burroughs of Shockwave Disc Dogs are committed to cultivating and spreading that across the region. That’s not how it started, however. These Southern Maryland natives are still fairly new to the sport and have only been competing for a year and a half. Although the trajectory of their season would never show it: from September 19 – 23, the couple will be in Tennessee competing at the Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship, the grandest stage for the largest disc dog competition series in the world. “It was something that I didn’t expect,” said Sandra. “When we started

this,” continued Glenn, “it was for fun.” Married for 30 years and facing an empty nest at home, the couple decided then it was their time to enjoy life. Disc dog became that unexpected pleasure. “It started,” says Sandra, with “trying to find something to do with our dog” Koby, a then three-year old Border Collie with a surplus of energy. After trying tricks and tracking to little avail, Sandra suggested throwing discs. Their trainer at BFF Pet Services, Jack McCauley, took off with the idea, and it was this team of Sandra and Koby that launched BFF’s disc training program. Yet “competing wasn’t even a thought,” Sandra admitted. “But Jack, our trainer, said, ‘You can do this.’ Our first [performance] was last year at DogFest… and I said, ‘I’m just going to go out and have a good time; I don’t care what you all think.’ And that’s how I did it. I had a good time with the dog, and they said, ‘well, that’s what you need to do; that’s what it’s all about!’”

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That taste was enough to lead to more competitions, eventually culminating in the addition of a second dog last year, Australian Shepherd Darci, and the formation of Shockwave Disc Dogs, their official team. This week will bring the addition of new puppy Josie, who will begin training out of the gate. “They have a puppy disc,” said Sandra, “and you just let them get used to the disc… and then you just progress from there.” Shockwave has since continued to train hard with BFF and traverse the mid-Atlantic region to compete under the Mid-Atlantic Disc Dogs (MADD) regional club, a Skyhoundz-affiliated group. Further, the Burroughs are charter members of Chesapeake Disc Dogs, a club started with BFF in 2017 to help “get Sandra and Koby performing in a Freestyle routine, which disc dogging started here she describes as a kind of “dance” between dog and owner. in Southern Maryland,” Photo by Judy Bienvenu. said Glenn. ter and son-in-law just got a puppy, so Although a team, it’s Sandra who’s the competitor on the they’re coming into it.” “I was teasing [our daughter] and field; Glenn serves as a PR-drivermanager extraordinaire. In the Bur- said, ‘Look, you’re putting our famroughs’ exposure to the sport, this is ily name on the line!’” Glenn joked. something unique—in most cases, “But you know, I’d love it to be a famit’s the men who are competitors. At a ily thing. I’d love to have someone ask, competition in North Carolina, there ‘Who’s that?’ and be able to say, ‘Oh, were only three female contenders; that’s my wife and that’s my daughSandra and her friend and fellow disc ter and that’s my granddaughter’”—a dog competitor, BFF trainer Tammy fierce female trio in a male-dominated Carr, were two of them. For Sandra, sport. Their overall goal moving forward, that makes her World’s appearance that however, is to bring awareness to the much more significant. The goal in Tennessee is to come sport, especially regionally. Hoping to back with a win—Shockwave is partner with Tammy’s team, G-Force, competing in the Bullseye event, a and the Chesapeake club, they’re lookfast-paced competition where great- ing to create a demo to perform at er throwing distances yield greater the Small Animal Fair later this year points, and hopes to qualify for more “to try to get people interested in the with Darci in the “second chance” sport.” With just three or four teams week ahead of the championship—but in St. Mary’s, the Burroughs hope to the competition is nothing but friendly. expand that. “It’s a sport any dog can “You get to meet a whole lot of really do,” said Sandra. “There’s Jack Rusnice people,” said Glenn. “They’ll give sells, Corgis, [and] mixed breeds” that you little helpful tips and pointers that compete; it boils down to, she says, “the dedication and their want to do it.” you don’t see.” To learn more about programs, class“It’s really like a family,” echoes es and clubs at BFF Pet Services—and Sandra. Speaking of family: the Shockwave the upcoming opening of their second team is soon expanding, beginning location— visit www.mybffpetserwith their six-year old granddaughter’s To follow the Shockwave first competitive appearance this week- Disc Dog journey, like their page on end. That will make her one of—if not Facebook. the—youngest competitor in the ries. Further, said Sandra, “our daugh-

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Teen Charged for Gunfire at Birthday Party The defense attorney for a 17-year-old male charged with firing at a crowd at a birthday party in Lexington Park over the weekend has filed a motion in county District Court to have her client’s case moved into the juvenile justice system. Tyrell Birdine, of Lexington Park, was charged as an adult with numerous counts of first-and-second-degree assault and threats of mass violence stemming from the incident Aug. 4 on Lee Drive. Judge Christie Holt Chesser ruled he is to be kept incarcerated without the benefit of bond pending a hearing in court Aug. 16. According to charging documents filed in District Court by county sheriff’s deputies the shooting stemmed

from a fight that broke out at the birthday party for a 12-year-old girl. A person doing a rap performance named only as “Gucci” in court papers was insulted by an unknown male subject who also is alleged to have gone into the garage at the residence and punched the defendant in the face. Birdine, according to deputies, was making some kind of defense of the performer at the party. A witness then saw Birdine pull a gun from his waistband and point it at several people moving it from side to side, court papers read. Birdine then became involved in a brief physical confrontation once he went outside before lifting his weapon towards a crowd of between 100 and 200 young people, according to law officers, and opening fire. Police said Birdine fired several shots,

though no one was injured. A 15-year-old girl at the party reported that Birdine had leveled his gun at her during the melee and she ran inside the residence; she said she heard shots and heard bullets go over her head. Law officers reported that one bullet hit the residence where the party was held; another projectile struck a neighboring home. Birdine fled the scene and initially police were unable to find him, court papers stated. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron announced last week that he had posted more sheriff’s deputies to Lexington Park after a rash of commercial burglaries and armed robberies had plagued the area from May through July. Detectives shared surveillance photos of some of the suspects at a community meeting at the Bay District Volunteer

Violation of Protective Order- On July 28, 2018, Dep. Edwards responded to the 29000 block of Richard Circle in Mechanicsville, for a reported violation of a protective order. Investigation de-

termined Wayne Carroll Earnest SR., age 39 of Mechanisville, violated an active protective order by contacting the victim which he is prohibited from doing per the order. Earnest was arrested

and charged with Violation of Exparte/ Prot Order. CASE# 40027-18

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Fire Department; several were photographed wearing t-shirts wrapped around their heads, leaving only their eyes visible. In one of the burglaries, involving stolen guns from The Tackle Box, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to suspects in the crime. Det. Tom Hedderich, with the sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, said detectives had received leads on the cases but were still asking for the community’s help in solving the crimes. “We believe it’s a select group of people” who were perpetrating the crimes, Hedderich said.

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Assault- On July 28, 2018, Dep. Edwards responded to the 27000 block of Hill Road in Hollywood, for a reported assault. Investigation determined Robert Craig O’Reilly, age 38 of Hollywood, had assaulted two victims while the parties were arguing. O’Reilly struck both victims with a closed fist, as well as threw a lit cigarette on one victim. O’Reilly was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd Degree. CASE# 40162-18 Trespassing- On July 31, 2018, Dep. Bowie responded to the 21000 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, in reference to an individual loitering in the parking lot. Jamar Marcus Young, age 31 of Lexington Park, was located. Contact was made with Young, and he was advised to leave the premises. Young left the premises, however returned a short time later. Young was arrested and charged with Trespassing: Private Property by Dep. Bowie# 317. CASE# 40494-18 CDS Violation- On July 31, 2018, DFC. D. Smith responded to the 25000 block of Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, to check the welfare of an individual in the parking lot. Contact was made with Samantha Dawn Domm, age 45 of Hollywood. Investigation determined Domm had suspected Oxycontin and Xanax in her possession which was not prescribed to her. Domm was arrested and charged with two counts of CDS Possession-Not Marijuana. CASE# 40573-18 ARRESTS 7/28/18- Jennifer Leigh Heiston, age 33 of Mechanicsville, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/Theft

by Cpl. White# 200. 40077-18 7/28/18- Amanda Arlene Parsley, age 40 of California, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation/Possession of CDSNot Marijuana by Cpl. Pesante# 153. CASE# 40084-18 7/28/18- Robin Danielle Brickman, age 21 of Leonardtown, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for FTA/ Theft by Cpl. Pesante# 153. CASE# 40102-18 7/28/18- Daniel Benson Dean, age 42 of Dameron, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree/Theft by Dep. Forbes# 341. CASE# 40057-18 7/28/18- Alexis Nicole Longfield, age 19 of Dameron, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Assault 2nd Degree/Theft by Dep. Forbes# 341. CASE# 40057-18 St. Mary’s County Sheriff ’s PIO

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Seeking Sponsors and Advertisers First Friday Appreciation Day for Riverside WineFest for Our First Responders

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It’s once again time to celebrate the best of Maryland at Historic Sotterley Plantation—the best wines, the best artisans, and the best microbrews! The 16th Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, and we have many exciting opportunities for companies and individuals to join us as sponsors and advertisers for this event. Not only is this excellent exposure to a large and diverse audience of thousands, but your support helps Historic Sotterley to continue our important mission of preserving our historic structures and natural environment while using the powerful stories of our land, lives, and labor to bring American history to life

as an educational and cultural resource. The Riverside WineFest at Sotterley is all good things rolled into one weekend! Thousands of guests come to the place where wine flows freely, live music is jamming, demonstrations are both educational and entertaining, artists are selling their exquisite creations, food is scrumptious, and the 1703 Manor House Mini-Tours and the Colonial Revival Garden Tours are free! Your support matters! You can help the Riverside WineFest at Historic Sotterley Plantation through sponsorship, advertising in our 2018 full-color program, or both! To become a WineFest sponsor, please contact Jane Bachman, Development Manager: development@ And, don’t forget: WineFest sponsors receive a discount on advertising! To advertise in the WineFest program, please contact Eileen Miller, Marketing Manager: For more information, we welcome your phone call at: 301-373-2280.

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A big thank you to all who joined us on August 3rd for a special evening dedicated to our Community Heroes! Shops and restaurants were open late with many offering discounts and specials for our amazing First Responders who dedicate their lives and services to helping others. Phillip Michael Parsons and his band performed a high-energy concert at Leonardtown Square with many in the audience dancing and swaying to the sizzling set lists. Local Emergency Services vehicles were on display with their members meeting and greeting fans of all ages as well as providing education about their many different branches. Join us on September 7th from 5-8 PM for “Art Walk First Friday” which will celebrate Leonardtown’s 6th year designation as an official Arts & Entertainment District. Artwork will be featured in shops throughout town with the opportunity for individuals to vote for their favorites. Local artists will be selling their handcrafted products, performing plein-air painting and other demos, and offering hands-on activities in a variety of media. The Music Series

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Country Lakes Has a Night Out Piney Point Celebrates National Lighthouse Weekend

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Residents of Country Lakes in Mechanicsville came out for National Night Out celebrations Tuesday, joined by members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State

Police. Local young people took part in a water balloon catching contest as one of the festive activities provided by the community. Mission BBQ provided free barbeque to all attendees.

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Jack Graham, right, talks to Joe Thibodeau, of Mytle Beach, SC, about the history of the Piney Point Lighthouse. Graham is a historical interpreter specializing in lighthouses and he and his

wife Tobi travel the country helping to maintain them and relay their history as key infrastructure that was critical to safe navigation in the age of sailing ships.

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I have often heard from clients that they have a Will so their loved ones will not have to go through probate. True or false? False. When you die, if you are holding property in your sole name, that property must go through the probate process to be distributed to your loved ones. It doesn’t matter whether you die intestate (without a Will) or with a Will. What does holding property in my sole name mean? For real estate like your house or for cars and trucks, for example, the title to the property is in your name alone. If you hold any property this way and you die, then the property has to go through the probate process to be distributed to your loved ones. The probate process in Maryland takes between 8-12 months. Why so long? One reason is that under the process, creditors are allowed 6 months to come in and claim against an estate. Another reason is pure chaos. When a person dies and a probate proceeding is required, the personal representative or executor has to find all of the person’s property in order to report on it to the Register of Wills. Since many people are not at all organized about what they own, the personal representative has to reconstruct the estate before they report on it. One of the filings is called an “Inventory”. This is a listing of all the property held by the deceased when they die. If the

deceased has not been an organized person it can take a long time to figure out what they owned when they died. For example, if the deceased has not left a detailed list of investments they have, often the only way to know for sure what the deceased owns when they die is to wait for the mail for at least 3 to 6 months for quarterly or semiannual reports on dividends or interest. Keep in mind that all filings made during the probate process are publicly available. What does the probate process require? It is a process where filings are made detailing the assets and liabilities of the estate, the expenses of the estate and the monies left over to be distributed to the beneficiaries of the estate. There is administrative probate, which is where the executor of the estate makes filings with the Register of Wills, or judicial probate, where the filings are made with the Orphan’s Court. If a beneficiary challenges the Will or any filings made by the personal representative, the matter goes to judicial probate where the Orphan’s Court judges decide on the challenge. Without challenges, most probates are administrative. To find out what filings are necessary in a probate proceeding, go to the Register of Wills website. Some clients say that the personal representative has no liability for making filings in a probate proceeding. False. The

personal representative is a fiduciary—that means they are under a duty to settle and distribute the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will and the law. Fiduciaries cannot act in their own self-interest. They must make sure investments are reasonable and monitored and they must make full and accurate reports to the Register of Wills or Orphan’s Court. Most people faced with the duties of a personal representative consult an attorney and ask them for help to prepare the reports for filing. This costs money in legal fees, but gives the personal representative some comfort that they are correctly performing their duties. What about “registering” your Will with the Register of Wills. Clients have said that their Will is not effective because it has not been “registered” with the Register of Wills. False. A Will doesn’t have to be filed with the Register of Wills or the Orphan’s Court to be effective. If you think you will lose your Will, then paying a small fee to the Register of Wills office to keep your original on file is a convenience to you. Otherwise, the effectiveness of a Will depends on whether it is properly executed, not whether it is filed somewhere. You can keep your Will in a safe place. But, the original Will is necessary to open the probate proceeding so make sure your loved ones can find it.

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Some clients have said “I don’t need a Will because everything will go to my spouse when I die.” False. If you die without a Will and you have a spouse and children, then the estate (property held in your sole name) will go 50-50 to the spouse and the children. The only way your estate will go solely to your spouse when you die is if you have said so in your Will. If all of your property is held in joint name with your spouse and you die then your spouse will take sole ownership of the property. And, there will be no probate because you have not held any property in sole name when you die. So, with a married couple, it is not unusual for one spouse to die and leave everything to the other spouse and have no probate. However, when the surviving spouse dies holding all the property in their sole name there will be probate. If your Will says your personal representative doesn’t have to file a bond, that means no bond is required. False. Even if the Will says no bond, the Register of Wills requires a nominal bond be filed, usually costing the estate $100. The only clear alternative to probate is a Living Trust. True. With a Living Trust, all property of the deceased has been placed into the name of that person’s trust so that when they die there is no property held in sole name, so no probate. The person creating and funding the trust is called the Grantor and the Grantor may also be

Trustee dies, a successor trustee is appointed under the trust to take over. Having a Living Trust is the only way to avoid probate. But, the Living Trust provides other benefits. First, it is private, transfers to beneficiaries are immediate (no waiting 8-12 months) and there are no legal fees upon such transfers. With a Living Trust all property is accounted for when creating the trust so there is no chaos trying to figure out what a person owns when he or she dies—it’s all set forth in the trust. The Living Trust also offers protection is a Trustee is incapacitated. In that event, the successor trustee simply uses all the assets in the trust for the benefit of the incapacitated person without having to do more. Can there be probate even if a person has a Living Trust? Yes, if the person has forgotten to place property into the name of the trust, that property must go through probate. However, a different form of will, called a “pour over” will is used in the probate process. This will states that the Living Trust is the guiding principal for the disposition of assets. The probate process needs to be understood by anyone considering whether or not to create a will or a living trust. Join us for our free seminar on Wednesday August 15th at 11am our offices at 8906 Bay Avenue in North Beach. Call 301-855-2246 to save your spot. See you there. By Lyn Striegel


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Leonardtown Hosts Annual Beach Party, Running of the Balls

There were plenty of games for everyone at the Beach Party on the Square.

Fun in the sand for the kids at each Party.

The Running of the Balls ended at the bottom of Fenwick Street hill.

Volleyball was one of the star beach attractions at Beach Party on the Square.

The annual Running of the Balls featured 2,500 golf balls bouncing down Fenwick Street

Cooling off with the assistance of the Leonardtown FVD fire truck.

Cooling off with the help of the Leonardtown VFD fire truck.

Hula hoop skills were on display on the town square.

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Walden Honored for Supporting Great Mills High School By Dick Myers Editor

They were among the first help to arrive at the staging area at the tech center after the March 20 shooting at Great Mills High School. And they stayed at the school for weeks and continuing to this day to assist students, teachers, faculty and staff cope in the aftermath of the tragic incident in which the lives of two students were lost. For their role since then, Walden Behavioral Health was honored Aug. 8 by the St. Mary’s County Board of Education. Walden Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kathleen O’Brien said dur-

ing the presentation: “We are St. Mary’s strong; the education system is strong and the community that supports us is strong.” Earlier O’Brien repeated the Great Mills High School motto: “We are… Great Mills.” Also attending the ceremony were Great Mills High School Principal Dr. Jake Heibel and Walden Clinical Services Officer, Elizabeth Lenhart-Cooksey. St. Mary’s County Superintendent of Schools Dr. J. Scott Smith praised the work done by the counselors from Walden at the reunification center (where Great Mills students were bussed to meet up with their parents) and then at Great Mills H.S. when

school resumed. He quoted Heibel as saying, “Recovery is an emotional solution.” O’Brien said Walden, which has now converted from a nonprofit corporation to being purchased by a for-profit entity (see separate story in this issue), is continuing to seek grants to assist Great Mills High School. “You are such a connected system that supports all of our children,” she told the school board.

(l to R) Walden Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, St. Mary’s County Board of Education member Mary Washington, School Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Smith and Great Mills High School Principal Dr. Jake Heibel.

SMCM Featured in The Princeton Review Book, “The Best 384 Colleges” St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college, is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features St. Mary’s College in the new 2019 edition of its flagship college guide, “The Best 384 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides. Published annually since 1992, it has detailed profiles of the colleges with ratings scored in eight categories. St. Mary’s College is also included in the Best Northeastern, Best Green Colleges and Top 50 Green Colleges lists.    In its profile, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from St. Mary’s students surveyed for the book. Speaking on the college’s classroom environment, students enjoy classes that are always “challenging but never impossible” taught by professors who “get to know you personally” and “take an interest in your future.”  Students find that “many professors are extremely good at making classes interesting and at engaging students” through “discussion based” approaches. While SMCM “professors are demanding” and “expect a great deal from students,” “they are always willing to help.” The college’s scenic location is also highlighted:  “Whether they are admiring ‘the beauty of the St. Mary’s River’ from a kayak, ‘tanning on the docks,’



MEET BECKS ‘taking walks in the woods,’ or keeping warm next to a bonfire, outdoor activities are popular and ‘only a short walk from the campus center.’” Regarding the student body, a St. Mary’s College student says, “I am so happy that I am able to walk about this campus knowing that every person I walk past could be a conversation away from being a friend of mine.” St. Mary’s College was also recognized recently as a 2018—19 College of Distinction, acknowledged in the 2019 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, and ranked among the Best Colleges of Maryland by Press release by SMCM

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The Bluegrass Festiva By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The twang of Bluegrass music has been a mainstay in the county entertainment scene for the past 29 years and this year marks the 30th anniversary of the L’il Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival, but the concert’s new promoter and organizer, Jay Armsworthy, said it’s a struggle to keep it going. “We’ve had crowds starting at 1,500 down to just 200 during a span of 28 years,” Armsworthy told The County Times. “In 2017 it started to come back up.” Armsworthy said his goal in taking over the show from the Goddard family, whose farm in Leonardtown near the fairgrounds has played host to the festival, was to enliven it with fresh talent. For almost three decades the same local acts kept coming back, but not last year, Armsworthy said. “Last year I didn’t have any local bands,” Armsworthy said. “I’d been talking to people who came to the festival and they told me ‘We want to see some new talent.’ “So I brought in a new, fresh line-up.” This year some local bands, three in total, are making a return to

the festival. “It’s a 30-year milestone,” Armsworthy said, “But it’s a challenge to keep up with the other music and the bands charging so much more.” He took over the organization of the festival last year at the behest of the Goddard family, he said. “They asked me if I’d take it over,” he said. “If I’d not said ‘yes’ they would have cancelled it at 28 years. The festival began to honor the memory of one of the Goddard family’s daughters who passed away at a young age. Despite the challenges, Armsworthy still believes in Bluegrass and the festival. “I’ve been involved in Bluegrass all my life,” he said. “It’s a good, traditional American art form. “It’s not electrified, it’s not loud.” Bluegrass as its popularly known, he said, got its start in 1946, popularized by musicians such as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. One of the most well known examples of Bluegrass music is the opening music to the television show of yesteryear, The Beverly

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Hillbillies. That opening theme was writt Scruggs. Bluegrass music also has its plac Foggy Mountain Breakdown play Clyde. Flatt and Scruggs also wrote and ered an essential part of the genre. In this era, Armsworthy is tryi eration into the festival to discove become a real challenge. There are Bluegrass bands helm said, but they want heavy fees to p It doesn’t fit with the more wor said, where traditional performers venues making little money before “Younger people need to know t thy said. “You have to crawl before He sees modern Country Musi self, he said.

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“Today’s country music, I call it Bubblegum Country music,” Armsworthy said. “It’s got too much rock and roll, too many silly songs.” Bluegrass, at least the traditional sort, has its roots in deep country communities that were often isolated, impoverished and hard scrabble. The art form was designed to provide entertainment and comfort to struggling communities that still maintained there pride despite their socioeconomic station. “It got its start as old fashioned hillbilly music,” he said. Before taking up the organization of the L’il Margaret’s festival, Armsworthy has tried to spread Bluegrass’ popularity any way he can. He even plays at his neighborhood’s National Night Out event each year as part of the community gathering with law enforcement. He earns his living as a school bus driver and credits his vocation with allowing him the time during the summer to organize the festival he loves so much. “I don’t think I’d be able to do this if I had a 12-month job,” he said. Armsworthy also organizes Bluegrass for Hospice in St. Mary’s

County and operates his own radio show out of his home called Bluegrass on the Bay. According to his radio show biography he started playing Bluegrass when he was 10 years old and gained experience playing with the Ernie Bradley & Grassy Ridge Band. Now 50 years old, Armsworthy still plays along with being the master of ceremonies for the festival, which begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 11. “I eat and sleep Bluegrass,” Armsworthy said. “I’m just trying to breath more life into it.” The L’il Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival begins today at the Goddard Farm located at 21810 Clay Hill Road in Leonardtown. There are sites available for recreational vehicle hookups as well as a professional kitchen at the festival that provides meals for all three days. The music starts at 3p.m. and runs until 10p.m. each day.

Danny Stewart, Jr. - last year with Tyler Williams Band. He is also the bass player for U.S. Navy Band, Country Current.


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At What Cost? A friend of mine, we’ll call him Conscience (it’ll make more sense later), loves college basketball and football. March Madness dominates his spring; on fall Saturdays he’s happier than a seagull with a French fry. Conscience, a native of Indiana, roots for the Indiana Hoosiers on the hardwood and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the gridiron. He’ll bend your ear about both, whether you want him to or not. Conscience is a pal and a peer. We are both husbands and fathers and are just two months apart in age. Our conversations are effortless. We talk about life, families and music. But mostly, we talk about sports. I faithfully listen to his diatribes on the Hoosiers and the Irish; he faithfully listens to mine on all things D.C. sports. It works. Hand and glove. Peanut butter and jelly. Wings and beer. The media and the president. Errr… In recent years, our discussions about sports, and particularly college sports, have grown noticeably more cynical. We are at an interesting crossroads in life – young enough to remember when major college sports were still amateur athletics but now old enough to have lost all naïveté about the nasty business they’ve become. Seedings, matchups, recruits and playful bantering used to dominate our interactions. Now we often find ourselves debating scandals and corruption USC football, UNC basketball, vacated championships, Rick Pitino’s disgraced exit from Louisville after a series of egregious missteps (infidelity, sex parties and under-thetable shoe deals), the latest SEC football recruiting violations, the FBI’s wide-ranging investigation of NCAA basketball, Baylor football and the absolute horror that is Larry Nasser and Michigan State. True to this twisted new age, the next time I see Conscience the issue du jour likely won’t be the fast approaching college football season - it will be Urban Meyer and Ohio State University. Meyer, the head coach at OSU, is on administrative leave after misrepresenting (to be kind) what he knew and when he knew about the 2015 domestic abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith at the B1G conference’s recent media day. In his flummoxed response to a direct question, Meyer

acknowledged that he knew about 2009 domestic violence allegations against Smith (while both were at the University of Florida) but said he learned of the 2015 accusations a day before the press conference. Since then, text messages have emerged between Smith’s and Meyer’s wives in the 2015 timeframe and Smith has admitted that he told Meyer about the allegations in 2015. Best case: Meyer was disingenuous. Worst case: Meyer aided and abetted a domestic abuser for at least three years. Whatever the outcome of the on-going investigation, Meyer’s inability to precisely and accurately articulate what he knew and what he and the university did about it was wholly inadequate. Is Meyer disgracefully ignorant of Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and all the public service announcements the NFL shot to combat domestic violence? Did he somehow miss the #MeToo movement? Did he bury his head during the Larry Nassar conviction and fallout at Michigan State, a sister B1G school? Is he that callous? That clueless about violence against women? Time will answer these questions about Meyer’s character. The immediate question for Ohio State and the question that will linger for all college institutions, professional teams and sports fans around the country is this: What is the price of winning? Is it victory at all cost? Or is there some ethical and moral foundation that simply cannot be compromised in the pursuit of rings, banners and trophies? As Conscience and I have watched the college sports we love degrade into a cesspool of corruption, we have reached this conclusion: throw enough money, power and fame up for grabs and it will inevitably bring out the worst in our species. That holds true for sports, politics and damn near every facet of life. What are we willing to compromise to get what we want? When does conscience kick in – that point when the method of winning trumps the raw lust for winning itself? I look forward to seeing my friend soon. We have much to discuss… Send comments to



The Tackle Box Fishing Report By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Heavy rains recently have made tough times for anglers but there is still good fishing out there now that the weather is beginning to clear up, said Joe Tippett, store manager at The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. “We’ve had 15 inches of rain in the past three weeks,” said Tippett. “Most guys haven’t been doing much because of the weather.” Still, the Patuxent River has some lively fishing. “There’s plenty of spot and perch in the Patuxent,” Tippett said. “But the spot have been hit or miss.” At Solomons Pier in Calvert fishing has been good there, too. “There are some keeper rockfish being caught there,” he said. All the rain has had one benefit, he said, and that was to lower the salinity levels in local waters. That meant plenty of catfish for the taking, Tippett said. “There’s catfish everywhere,” he said. “They’ve even been catching them in the [Patuxent] River. “They’ve been moving down south.” In the Chesapeake Bay, anglers and charter boat crews have been running spoon and hose rigs to bring in fish such as blue fish and Spanish mackeral, Tippett said. Most of that fishing has been around a target ship set out in the bay as well as near Wind Mill Point and Smith Point. Cobia are also running in the bay, he said.


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National Aviation Day is celebrated annually on August 19. President Franklin Roosevelt first proclaimed the day in 1939 as a way to celebrate the history and development of the aviation industry in the United States. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County continue the tradition by issuing a proclamation to recognize the day in 2018. The county’s largest employer, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, is at the forefront of providing readiness for research, development, testing and evaluation, acquisition, engineering and fleet support to the entire range of manned and unmanned naval aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems and ship/shore/air operations. To expand the dreams of tomorrow’s aviators, the Young Eagles hosted another successful Young Eagle’s rally on June 6 by providing free plane rides to local youth. To honor the county’s and Navy’s contributions to aviation history, the new Naval Air Museum & Visitors Center has opened to provide opportunities for visitors to experience the evolution of U.S. Naval Aviation history. Exhibits include naval aviation’s technology National Aviation Day Proclamation Ceremony - Commissioner Mike Hewitt, Matt Scassero, Director, University of Maryland Unmanned history, simulators, vital handson and inter- Aircraft Systems Test Site, George Hill, President Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association, Commissioner Tom Jarboe, CAPT Hammond, NAS Pax River Commanding Officer, Commissioner John O’Connor, Gretchen Hardman, SOMD Intergovernmental active demonstrations of the aeronautical Jason Representative for Governor Larry Hogan, Commissioner Todd Morgan, John Deatrick, St. Mary’s County Public Works and sciences. Transportation Director and Commissioner President Randy Guy “St. Mary’s County Regional Airport serves as the base of operations for the Maryland University of Maryland research and development fa- appreciation to the St. Mary’s County Airport Advisory State Police Medevac, MedStar Washington Hospital cility for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” Committee for its volunteer efforts over the past year. Center, Civil Air Patrol, Navy Annapolis Flight CenGretchen Hardman, Southern Maryland Intergovern- They also encourage citizens to take an interest in and ter, Experimental Aircraft Association, several other mental Representative for Governor Larry Hogan, read to take advantage of opportunities in aviation and aviageneral aviation service providers,” said Commissioner a National Aviation Day citation from the Governor. tion – related activities. Todd Morgan (4th District). “The airport has expanded In recognizing August 19 as National Aviation Day, to include the construction of new hangar space and a the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County expresses its St. Mary’s County Pio

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Pennie Lee LaBarge

Pennie Lee LaBarge, 76, of Lexington Park, MD passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Center in Leonardtown, MD. She was born on October 29, 1941 in Plattsburgh, NY to the late Ralph Simpson and Marguerite Evelyn Stephens Simpson. Pennie is a graduate of Plattsburgh High School in New York. On June 10, 1961 she married her beloved husband, Richard Henry “Dickie” LaBarge in Plattsburgh, NY. After becoming a Navy wife, they traveled to California, Cuba, and Virginia before moving to St. Mary’s County with her husband and children in 1978. She was employed for many years as a mortgage broker with Maryland Bank and Trust and later by the Clerk of Circuit Court in St. Mary’s County until her retirement. Together they celebrated over 57 wonderful years of marriage. In 1973 she was a contestant on the original Jeopardy television show. She was an avid dancer and socialite. She enjoyed participating in dance groups, putting on performances, and going to dinner theaters. She and her husband also participated in league bowling and later coached bantam junior league bowling. As their children grew up they

hosted seven foreign exchange students from various Scandinavian countries. She went on cruises all over the Caribbean with her husband. She was active at the Loffler Senior Center in Great Mills, MD, and enjoyed playing BUNCO with her friends. She was a long time member of the Chief’s Wives Club, the Red Hat Society, and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Her family was her greatest love and she enjoyed spending time with all of them, especially her grandchildren. In addition to her beloved husband, Dickie, she is also survived by her daughters, Tammie LaBarge Holt (Jeffrey) of Buena Vista, VA and Deborah LaBarge Linehan (Thomas) of Lusby, MD; her siblings: Linda Jesse, Nancy Whisten, Robyn King (Leon), Michael Simpson, and Laurie Rossi; her grandchildren: David Russell Jr. (Jayme), Kimberly Russell (Troye Owens), Nicholas Linehan (Tara), Melissa Linehan, Joelle Watson (Leo) and Jeremy Linehan (Gabriella); her great grandchildren: Karmen Donaldson, Christian Russell, Gavin Linehan, and Piper Linehan; and many extended family and friends. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her children, Timothy Richard LaBarge and Amy Michelle LaBarge; and her siblings: Billy Simpson, Bruce Simpson and Jill Moore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Loffler Senior Activity Center, St. Mary’s County Government, P.O. Box

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Robert “Bobby” Aloysius Hill

Robert “Bobby” Aloysius Hill, 77, of Avenue, MD passed away on August 5, 2018. Bobby was born January 29, 1941 in Maddox, MD. He was the son of the late Zachary Joseph Hill Sr and Mary Edith Hill. Bobby was the loving husband of Catherine Norma Hill and is survived by their four children: Barbara Lynn Clothier (Eric) of Clements, MD; Robert Allen Hill (Heather) of Hollywood, MD; Rene Alice Douglas (Kenny) of Clements, MD and Angie Marie Haynes (Kevin) of Mechanicsville, MD; 8 grandchildren: Danielle Douglas, Shannon Wilkinson (Travis), Kyle Clothier, Cody Douglas (Karli), Kolby Haynes, Dylan Hill, Mandi Hill and Kolton Haynes; and 2 great grandchildren Brody Douglas and River Douglas. He is also survived by his siblings Celie Hill, Edith Mae Bell, Betsy Guy, and Ree Knott. He was preceded in death byhis son Ronald Aloysius Hill and his sisters Mary Loretta Lawrence and brothers Jimmy and Zack Hill. Bobby was a lifelong resident of St Mary’s County born and growing up on a farm in Chaptico. He graduated from Margaret Brent in 1960. He married the love of his life, Catherine, on October 4, 1963 and they briefly moved to Washington DC to start his career as a meat cutter. Bobby retired from Safeway with 32 years of service in 2007. For the past several years he spent time helping Betty and Walter Russell at Russell Farms. His passion the great outdoors, spending time on the water boating, fishing, and crabbing. He adored feeding and watching the squirrels, birds and deer. He was an avid gardener, growing and sharing his vegetables. His special interests included collecting ducks and loved growing his collection. Bobby truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, spending time with family and friends, and attending local events. He was the most loving, kind and generous man who adored everybody. His greatest love was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bobby was truly blessed to be surrounded in love by his amazing family and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bushwood, MD with Father George Wilkinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Eric Clothier, Kenny Douglas, Kevin Haynes, Kyle Clothier,

Cody Douglas, Kolby Haynes, Dylan Hill and Kolton Haynes. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Danielle Douglas, Shannon Wilkinson, Mandi Hill, Brody Douglas and River Douglas. Contributions can be made to the Seventh District Rescue Squad, PO Box 7, Avenue, MD or Seventh District Fire Department, PO Box 206, Avenue, MD. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD.

Robert Margerum Kirk

Robert Margerum “Bob” Kirk passed away at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s on August 3, 2018 in Callaway, Maryland at the age of 72. He was born on September 13, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to David Baldwin Kirk and Dorothy Lorraine (Rickert) Kirk. He graduated from Susquehanna University with a degree in Biology. In 1965, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country in Viet Nam as a Navy Corpsman until his Honorable Discharge in September 1969. During his service he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal with 3 stars, and Viet Nam Campaign Medal. He married Donna Louise Hampton in 1969 with whom he had three children. His career as a Quality Assurance manager in the food industry led him to jobs at Alpo in Allentown, PA, Armour Dial in Fort Madison, IA, and Sunshine Biscuits in Columbus, GA. He spent his retirement years in service to the Veterans Alliance of North Georgia where he was an active bugler, Toastmasters International where he served as a chapter officer, and youth mentorship in the Forsyth County Schools. Bob was an avid writer, public speaker, gardener, and trumpet player. He enjoyed classical music as well as heavy metal. He loved words and the craft of writing and entertaining others with his turns of phrase. He was, for many years, an enthusiastic cyclist who competed in numerous long-distance rides and races including the Assault on Mt. Mitchell and the Bike Ride Across Georgia. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially the mountains of North Georgia where he hiked and camped often. Bob is survived by his children: David A. Kirk of Hollywood, MD; Tricia K. Hans of Seattle, WA; and Amy K. Leonard of Decatur, GA; his seven grandchildren, and many extended family and friends. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his brother, James Kirk. All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Veterans Alliance can be made in his honor. Mail checks to: Harold Light 6532 Valley Stream Way, Cumming, GA 30040. Checks payable to The Veterans Alliance.

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Mary Agnes Smith

Mary Agnes Smith, 58, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD with her loving family at her side. She was born on January 22, 1960, in Lynwood, CA to the late Mario and Ida Brunasso. On June 27, 1987, Mary married her beloved husband, Daniel Joseph Smith, in Long Beach, CA. Together they celebrated over 31 wonderful years of marriage, raising their children Andrew, David, and Elizabeth. She was employed by the St. Mary’s Board of Education in the business administration office for many dedicated years until her retirement in March 2017. A loving, devoted wife and mother, which included 20 years traversing the globe as a “Navy wife”, Mary selflessly embraced each new destination as a new adventure, a chance to make new friends, and there were many. She was a wonderful, devoted mother, with endless love for her children. From soccer games and Boy Scout meetings, to theater and musical performances, she was always her children’s biggest supporter. Devoted to her faith, Mary was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, sang in church choir, and loved praying the Rosary. She was happiest when serving others, hosting gatherings for family and friends that were filled with her wonderful cooking. Nothing pleased her more than spending hours baking and decorating beautiful cakes for family and friends. She took joy in simple pleasures, singing, crocheting, gardening, and any other artistic endeavors that her free spiritedness led her to explore. Mary had a loving, untethered, adventuresome spirit, the joy she received from family and many friends was returned tenfold. Mary didn’t take things or herself too seriously, finding humor in most everything. She kept an upbeat, cheerful attitude even while facing serious medical conditions, which was inspirational to everyone. With her easy going spirit, bright blue eyes, warm, loving smile, and her engaging, lighthearted conversation, she had a gift for making friends. Her life was a lesson on how to enjoy the moment and how to love unconditionally. In addition to her husband and children, Mary is also survived by her siblings: Mario, Costantina, Leonard, Vincent, Anne, Theresa, Catherine, Barbara, Michael, and Rosemarie, their families, as well as many extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents. Family will receive friends on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Michael Tietjan on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Face Catholic Church, 20408 Point Lookout

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Gregory Paul Armstrong

Gregory Paul Armstrong, 58, of Leonardtown, MD, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Center in Leonardtown, MD. He was born on June 20, 1960, in Charleston, SC, to the late Max Edward Armstrong and Ruth Genevieve Kimmel. On April 26, 1980, Greg married his beloved wife, Patricia, in New Bern, NC. Together they celebrated over 38 wonderful years of marriage. He was a Master ASE Certified Automotive Technician for many years with Honda Volvo of New Bern, NC, and later with various other dealerships. He retired from Patuxent River Naval Air Station in 2015 after working several years in aviation support equipment maintenance and safety and hazmat management. He was a skilled and talented mechanic beginning as a young boy working on bicycles, then go-carts and later dirt bikes. As an adult he enjoyed muscle cars, which he kept in pristine condition and participated in drag racing events. Later he owned and maintained the muscle car that his good friend Billy drove every weekend in competition for him. He and his wife enjoyed showing muscle cars at many car shows and they also both participated in radio controlled drag racing events. He enjoyed helping other racers with his mechanical knowledge by lending a hand or providing advice. Later he found a love for cooking, especially grilling. He found great joy in home cooking and sharing meals with his family. He also enjoyed family vacations, especially to Nashville, TN, Scottsdale, AZ, Rockport, Maine, and Maui. He loved his pets throughout his life, especially Buddy his dachshund. In addition to his beloved wife, Greg is also survived by his daughter, Jennifer Hope Armstrong of Berkeley, CA; his brother, Michael Edward Armstrong of Orlando, FL; and his extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

Peggy Parrett French

Peggy Parrett French, 78, of Clements, MD, formerly from Clarksville, VA passed away on July 31, 2018. Born on September 12, 1939 in Clarksville, VA she was the daughter of the late Thelma Helen Wilson Parrett and Roy Davis Parrett. Peggy was the loving wife of the late James Milton French, Sr. whom she married on November 13, 1954 in Norlina, NC and whom preceded her in death on August 28, 1997. Peggy is survived by her children; Skip French (Vicki) of Bushwood, MD, Tim French (Cheryl) of Clarksville, VA, Steve French (Pat) of Jackson, MO, Kenneth French (Sherri) of Mechanicsville, MD, 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She graduated from Chase City High School. She moved from Waldorf, MD to St. Mary’s County, MD in 1976. Peggy was a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service for 24 years, retiring in August, 1999. Peggy belonged to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 221, she Volunteer for a Community That Shares (ACTS), was a Financial Assistant for Hughesville Baptist Church, a member of the Rural Carriers Association, and Thomas Stone Booster Club. Peggy always enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors especially when it came to watching the animals in her yard and growing her beautiful flowers. She enjoyed her various trips with her friends. Her most treasured moments were spent with her family. In lieu of flowers donations to Hospice of St. Mary’s P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650, in her honor would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD.

William Antonio Briscoe

William Antonio Briscoe, known to all his family as “Ton Ton”, was born on May 18, 1987, to Pamela Herbert, William Herbert and Roderick Croom. He unexpectedly passed away on July 29, 2018, at the tender age of 31 years. William was employed with Hollywood Contracting, LLC, as a foreman, from 2016 to the present, in the Washington, DC area. Most recently, William took over operations of the late Keith Robinson’s auto shop, Fast Lane Performance in Great Mills, MD. Keith’s mother, Victoria Robinson, blessed William with the honor in continuing to operate the business in Keith’s loving memory. William was a beloved DJ, known to all as “DJ Big Tommy”! You could catch him almost every weekend at a family event, a local establishment or even in his own home perfecting his craft. He quickly mastered the skills needed to be successful as a disc jockey and loved being the life of the party! If you ever had the chance to hear one of his sets, you know you would hear “TURN ME UP!!” more than once. Big Tommy would often DJ with his cousin



DJ Nyce, and others to include DJ Widebody, DJ Paperz, DJ Leggz, DJ Big B, DJ Shorty B and with his eldest daughter, DJ Lil B (Alisha Day). William was known for bringing people together in a way that made them feel like family instantly! He loved family gatherings, chilling with his boys and spending time with his children. William served his community diligently, co-founding Pyramid Society Entertainment in 2015. The goal of the organization remains simple, to bring everyone together as one by spreading positivity, peace and love through helping the youth grow and adapt in today’s society. The non-profit organization aims to uplift the local community through sponsored events, charity drives, and outreach programs. The organization motto, “I am...because we are” will forever be displayed in the works of the organization as it continues to pour into the youth what the community has poured into its members. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marnette Briscoe; uncles, Ernest Briscoe (Bey) and Marvin (Jelly) Briscoe; aunts, Pandora Herbert, Marie (Pee Wee) Day and Cheryl Herbert; cousins, Kevin (Busta) Herbert and Paul (PJ) Herbert and a special friend and riding partner, Keith Robinson. William is survived by his loving parents, Pamela and William Herbert and Roderick Croom; eleven beautiful children with whom he was blessed, six daughters, Alisha Day, Zyairrah, Kaylen, Navaeh, Kaniyah and Khari Briscoe and five sons, Keion, Kevin, Kamari, Korey and Kayden Briscoe. He is also survived by his eight siblings, Carlos White, of Lexington Park, MD, Anteron Herbert (Ashley) of California, MD, Alisha Croom and Ashavia Pruitt, of Birmingham, AL, Lawanda Robinson, of Detroit, MI and Donta’vious Croom, of Birmingham, AL; his grandparents, Ernest and Frances Dickens, of Lexington, Park, MD and Rita Hunt, of Hoover, AL and Augustus and Elizabeth Herbert, of Mechanicsville, MD; his loving Godparents, Patsy Mason, of Loganville, GA and Henry Briscoe, of Lexington Park, MD). William also leaves to cherish his longtime girlfriend and life partner, Ashley Goodwin; Big Tommy’s Brothers Forever: Randy Brooks, Oliver (Webbie) Smith, Joe (Red-Boy) Young, Marvin Briscoe, Tilli Mack, Tory (Toro) Herbert, Pierre Harris, Gregory Barnes, Samuel (Bambino) Montgomery, Michael (Dro) McCoy, Tyrell Frederick and Derrick Day and a very special sister, LaShonda Herbert, as well as his many uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, family and friends, and his godchildren, whom he loved and appreciated. Family and friends united on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 for visitation at 9:00 am until time of service at 10:30 am at First Missionary Baptist Church, 46370 Pegg Ln, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home.



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Homeschool Day at HSMC Registration is open for Historic St. Mary’s City’s fall Homeschool Day on Thursday, September 27. $5 per child, age 5 and older. Register or info, call 240-895-4980 or email Local Artists - Register Now! The deadline for entering artwork for this year’s Art Walk is Saturday, August 18 at 4:00 PM. Artwork will be displayed in September throughout Leonardtown with voting on Sept. 6 & 7. Contact Nell Elder, or call 240-3094061 for details.

ONGOING Romeo & Juliet Lawn of the State House, Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane 7:30 PM Newtowne Players present Shakespeare’s famous work about the love of two star-crossed lovers. August 10 & 11, and 16, 17 & 18. For ticket info and details visit:

Thu. - Sat., Aug. 9 - 11 L’il Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival Goddard Farm, 21810 Clay Hill Road, Leonardtown, 12:00 PM (rain or shine) Old Time Music Festival chosen to be an official “Maryland Summer of Music” event. Three days of festivities! Home cooked food. Bring your lawn chairs. $65/ea at the gate for three days. Individual day tickets available. Camping available, $30/day. Learn more about the festival: visit, the State of Maryland Tourism website or call 301-737-3004. 

Friday, August 10 Park Place Toastmasters Church of the Ascension Lexington Park, 21641 Great Mills Road Lexington Park 12:00 - 1:00 PM A place where you develop and grow—both personally and professionally. Find out how we can help you develop speaking, listening, and leadership skills in a non-threatening environment! Elks Texas Hold’em Tournament St Mary’s County Elks Lodge, 45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park  

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7:00 PM for Jackpot and Moneyball No limit Texas Hold’em Tournament. update. $60 Buy in = 7000 chips, optional $5 add-on and receive 1,000 chips. Food and beverage available for purchase.  Sunday, August 12 Questions: James Dean 240-577-0828. Email: Breakfast - All-You-Can-Eat  Valley Lee VFD & RS, 45245 Drayden Rd., Sat. & Sun., August 11 & 12 8:00 - 11:00 AM Adults $10, children age 6–12 $5, and under 5 free. Pork Loin & Beef Sandwich Sale More info, call 301-994-9999. American Legion Post 221, 21690 Colton’s Point Rd (Rt. 242), Avenue Brunch, Silent Auction and Car 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pork loin, sliced roast beef, and BBQ Show Olde Breton Inn, 21890 Society Hill beef sandwiches. $7/ea. Info 301-884Road, Leonardtown 4071.  9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Hosted by the Care Blairs Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team. Proceeds doSaturday. August 11 nated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Brunch features a silent auction, 50/50 St. Mary’s Square Yard Sale raffle and an antique car show. Trophies 21600 Great Mills Road    for the top 25 cars. $20 in advance, $25 7:00 - 11:00 AM at the door. Car Show Entrance Fee, $25 Women’s Clothing, Kids Clothing, and includes brunch. RSVP to Susan at Kids Books & Toys, and much more! 240-298-3122 or Hosted by Patuxent Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Vendor space is available! Dee of St. Mary’s Public Sail Call 301-863-6227 or email laurie@ Calvert Marine Museum, 14200 mons Island Rd., Solomons 2:30 – 4:30 PM Lighthouse Adventure Cruise Sail aboard the historic skipjack Dee Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons of St. Mary’s departing and returning 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM from the Calvert Marine Museum. ExSee six lighthouses (Southern route) perience the Patuxent River aboard an aboard a private charter vessel. The boat iconic Chesapeake dredge boat. $15 for leaves from the Calvert Marine Museum ages 8-12, 13 and older $25. Sorry, no dock. $130. Call 410-326-2042, ext. 41 children under five permitted. Reservato reserve your spot. calvertmarinemutions required by noon Friday prior to the cruise. Contact Melissa McCormick at 410-326-2042 ext. 41. calvertmarineFarmer’s Market at Sotterley 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood 8:00 AM - Noon Fresh local produce, herbs, flowMonday, August 13 ers, artisan vendors, and handson activities for the whole family. Vacation Bible School  Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, 9463 HG Trueman Rd., Lusby Southern MD Decorative Painters 9:00 - 11:30 AM, Aug. 13-16 Immaculate Conception Church “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus” is Social Hall, 28297 Old Village Rd., the theme of this year’s Vacation Bible Mechanicsville School on Monday through Thursday. 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Painting a Susan Boerman project, Come with your friends for music, sto“Starfish on the Beach.” Guests are ries, snacks, games, crafts and fun! welcome and should contact us for sup- 410-231-2075. ply info. Garnett Joy @ 301-884-2835 Low-Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic or email smdp.LearnToPaint@gmail. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds    com.  6:00 - 8:00 PM The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare Bingo Every Saturday Mother Catherine Academy, 38833 League (SMAWL), in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Health DepartChaptico Rd., Mechanicsville ment, offers low-cost rabies vaccina6:30 -10:30 PM Doors open at 5:00. Early Birds start tions, distemper vaccinations and miat 6:30. Regular Games start at 7:00. $10 crochipping to the public. Vaccinations (one regular book). Concessions. Info: available for cats dogs, and ferrets. 301-884-3165. Visit www.mothercath- $15/animal for each rabies vaccine, $10

for each distemper vaccine and $30 for a microchip. Pax River Quilters Guild Meeting Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, 20850 Langley Rd., Lexington Park 6:30 PM Silent Auction and Appetizer Night. Fabrics, books, gadgets, etc. in the auction. Open to the public. Visit: www.

Tuesday, August 14 Down Payment Assistance Class Patuxent Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 21600 Great Mills Road (in St. Mary’s Square next to Ollies), Lexington Park 5:30 - 7:30 PM Learn about: State and county grants, MD Mortgage Program/CDA, how to qualify for free $ to purchase your new home! Free class, first 30 to RSVP only! Call Laurie Walker at 301-8636227 x16 or email

Thursday, August 16 K of C Golf Tournament and Pig Roast Breton Bay Golf and Country Club, Bull Rd./Society Hill Rd., Leonardtown 9:00 AM $90/player, $360/foursome. Includes: Green Fee, Complementary Green Fee, Luncheon and Beverages, Golf Range Balls, and Tournament Prizes. Pig BarB-Q and all the trimmings. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, St. Francis Xavier Council #10957. POC: Tom Koviak, 240-434-1464. Widow/Widower Group Lexington Park United Methodist Church, 21760 Great Mills Road   10:00 AM - Noon No matter how long since your loss— 8 days, 8 weeks, 8 years or 20 years, join us for support and practical advice related to this unique grief journey or join us to support someone else as they begin the journey. U.S. Navy Band Country Current Leonardtown Square 6:00 - 7:30 PM Free concert at The Square! A blend of modern country music and cuttingedge bluegrass. Learn more about this amazing band: mil/country_current.html


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St. Mary’s Department of Aging

Programs and Activities


Loffler Senior Activity Center 301-475-4200, ext. 1658 Garvey Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4200, ext. 1050 Northern Senior Activity Center, 301-475-4002, ext. 3101

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Brought to you by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County: James R. Guy, President; Michael L. Hewitt; Tom Jarboe; Todd B. Morgan; John E. O’Connor; and the Department of Aging & Human Services

Keys to Independence

Do you know what you’re going to do when you retire? Do you know how to access Medicare, Medicaid, or other programs and services? Are you seeking volunteer opportunities within the St. Mary’s County community? Find all that and more with the Department of Aging & Human Services at the Keys to Independence workshop series! This three class series will be held at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, on Tuesdays, Aug. 7, 14, and 21, from 6-8 p.m. This workshop series is free, but registration is required. Contact Community Programs & Outreach Manager Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. *1073, or email to sign up. We look forward to seeing you there!

Walk a Million Miles

Join the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services and seniors across the state of Maryland as we “Walk a Million Miles.” Track your activity in August, September, and October with the monthly log sheet available at the centers, through email, and on our website at Turn your monthly log sheet in at your local center by the 5th of the following month for a chance to win a monthly prize drawing. Seniors that participate for the entire duration will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize! Finish your Walk a Million Miles campaign strong by joining us during the Walk Maryland Day 5K at John V. Baggett Park at Laurel Grove on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Check in starts at 9:30 a.m. Senior par-


Charlotte Hall Library will hold a Crafternoon on Monday, August 20 from 2 – 4 p.m. Drop in for openended crafting fun. Try one of our sample crafts, or create your own design! All materials provided. All ages, no registration.

Book Bites

Join the St. Mary’s County Library for Book Bites at Blue Wind Gourmet in Lexington Park on Monday, August 20 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Grab a bite and gab about books! Join us for a relaxed conversation about what you’ve been reading. Share what you

ticipants will receive a free water bottle while supplies last, and a special gift for completing the 5K (3.1 miles). Lunch will be available for purchase from food trucks on site. For more information about this event contact Alice Allen at 301-475-4200, ext. *1063, or

To Supplement or Not?

Registered Dietician Donna Taggert will be at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Monday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m.12 p.m. and the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Monday, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m. to discuss dietary supplements, their benefits, and if and how they should fit into your diet. The class is free but space is limited. To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. *3103, for the Northern Senior Activity Center or 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, for the Loffler Senior Activity Center. Donna will be available these days for individual nutrition counseling. Call or text 240538-6539 to schedule a session with her directly.

Whole Body Therapeutics & More

Learn to use simple tennis ball techniques that improve the condition of muscles and fascia to benefit posture, mobility, stability, range of motion, blood flow, nerve function, and the immune system. Instructor Judi Lyons will teach you how to use these techniques to bring drug-free relief to stiff and painful areas of your body in just minutes. Classes will be at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Tuesdays, Aug. 14-28, from 1-3 p.m. Participants should wear comfortable clothing

loved (or loathed) about the last book you read, gather new recommendations from the rest of the group, and enjoy the company of fellow bibliophiles. Visit for directions and to see menu options available for purchase. Adults only. No registration required.

Paper Circuits

Leonardtown Library will hold Paper Circuits for ages 6 – 10 on Tuesday, August 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. Learn about how electricity works by creating electrical circuits of your own design. By using a coin battery, copper wiring, and some LED bulbs, (and your imagination of course) you can create so many amazing things! You’re only limited by your imagination and the supplies provided, the rest is up to you. Registration required on

and will need to be able to get on the floor for exercises. The cost is $30, payable to the instructor for all 3 classes and includes a gift bag of four tennis balls. Participants are advised to bring a sock for the tennis balls, water, a yoga mat, and reading glasses if needed. Maximum benefit is received by attending all three sessions. Space is limited and sign-up and payment is required in advance by visiting the front desk. For more information call 301-4754200, ext. *3101.

Diabetes Support Group

A peer facilitated Diabetes Support and Discussion Group for those with prediabetes, diabetes and those caring for others with diabetes has formed at the Garvey Senior Activity Center. The group is open to all seniors age 50 or older. The next meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A Certified Diabetes Education from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is guest speaking at the meeting. To learn more about the group, contact Margaret Forrest, peer facilitator, at 301-481-5850. Seating is limited so please RSVP. Lunch is available from 12-12:30 by calling 301475 -4200, *1050 and reserving by noon the day before the meeting. The monthly menu is available on-line at the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services web site or can be picked up at the Garvey Senior Activity Center.

St. Clement’s Island Presentation

Christina Barbour will be at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. to give a presentation on St. Clement’s Island. This historical and pic-

LEGO Coding

Lexington Park Library will hold LEGO Coding for ages 6 – 12 on Tuesday, August 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. Join us for an hour of fun coding activities! Learn the basics of coding by building LEGO robots and writing code to command them! Write messages in your own secret code with LEGO! Choose to attend one or several sessions. This event was made possible through a generous donation from The Patuxent Partnership. Registration Required on www.

Escape the 80’s

Charlotte Hall Library will hold 3 sessions of Escape the 80’s, an interactive escape room experience on Wednesday, August 22. The sessions will be held at 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Experience the 80’s in this

turesque gem, located in our midst, is the site of the founding of the state of Maryland. Learn some interesting tid bits about this fascinating island that is only accessible by boat. To sign up for this free presentation call 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, or stop by the reception desk.

50’s Sock Hop

Flash back with us to the 1950s for a Sock Hop party at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Friday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jive with DJ Mean Gene in your favorite saddle shoes, poodle skirt, and leather jacket. Ticket will include a lunch of cheeseburger on a bun with lettuce, onions, and tomato, baked beans, coleslaw, watermelon, and a chocolate cake dessert. There will also be a soda shop counter with ice cream sodas and Shirley Temples along with door prizes, money raffles, and more. Purchase your ticket before noon on Wednesday, August 15, at the Northern Senior Activity Center front desk while supplies last. For ticket availability, call 301-475-4200, ext. *3101.

Explore the World Through Food: Ethnic Lunch Bunch

Do you want to explore the world, but your budget is limited? Well, Southern Maryland has a variety of ethnic restaurants. Maybe you have wanted to visit these restaurants, but don’t like dining alone? Here’s your chance! Join Deb Johnstone as she samples food from around the world. On Wednesday, Aug. 22, she will be going to Café Rio in California, MD. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050, to learn more or to sign up.

rad, interactive escape room. Players must crack the codes using retro games and tech to get back to the future. Beat the clock or wear leg warmers forever. Can you make it back to the future in time? Registration required on Please only register for one session. Recommended for ages 12-18.


Lexington Park Library will hold Minecraft for ages 8 - 11 on Thursday, August 23 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Can you think on your feet, team up, use creativity, and complete the challenge? Come play Minecraft with us and find out! Must be able to use a mouse and keyboard commands, and be familiar with how to play Minecraft (we will not use the tutorial). Registration Required on


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s r e t i r W g n i t u b Contri “Badge of Honor”

Richard Dent Edwards & Family

Richard Dent Edwards, son of Benjamin Edwards and Mary Dent, was born about 1782. In 1806, as a young man of 24, Richard got himself into a bit of trouble and petitioned the Governor as follows: “May 28,1806: By the petition of Richard Edwards of St. Mary’s County accompanied by a transcript from the proceedings of the court of the sd. County at March Term 1806 for selling less than one quart of brandy without license and was fined six pounds. The petitioner states he distilled the brandy himself and that he was ignorant of any law prohibiting the maker of spirituous liquors from selling less than one quart at any one time. The Board in consideration of which circumstances and from the recommendation of the court of the said County remits the said fine.” Then, on February 7, 1810, a marriage license was issued in St. Mary’s County for Richard to marry Lydia Dyson, daughter of Gerard Dyson. The couple had 12 children. By 1850 Lydia was dead and Richard was living in Bryantown where he was listed as a tavern keeper. Living in Charlotte Hall was Richard’s spinster sister, Elizabeth Manning Edwards and with her were Richard’s other children. 1850, 5th Dist., St. Mary’s County: Elizabeth M. “Betsy”Edwards, 70; Harriett Edwards, 35, insane; Joseph B. Edwards, 19;Richard M. Edwards, 17; Martha A. Edwards, 15; Elkanah Edwards, 13;and Mary S. Edwards, 6 (the only one in the household born in Charles County). In April 1853 Richard was appointed as the lighthouse keeper at

Point Lookout. Quite a change in occupation and location! This new job didn’t last very long as Richard died July 14, just three months later. Martha Ann Edwards (born 1835) succeeded her father as li ghthouse keeper. She was appointed July 19, 1853 and served until April 7, 1855. Martha probably quit due to her impending marriage to Thomas J. Byrd (of Somerset Co., MD) on May 4, 1855. Byrd died prior to April 1868. That same year Martha was committed to the Maryland Hospital for the Insane in Baltimore. She was still there in 1870. Elizabeth Ellen Byrd, presumed sister of Thomas J. Byrd, married Elkanah Edwards, brother of Martha Ann (Edwards) Byrd on April 25, 1859 in Baltimore. Elkanah and his family lived in Ridge where he owned a grocery store. Elkanah died June 6, 1874. On April 7, 1855, Permelia Edwar4s replaced her sister Martha as lighthouse keeper. “Permelia’s official records state that she was removed from service because of negligent duties and persistent rumors. Her brother Elkanah had a hump backed child that the head nurse (Sarah Blunt) from the hospital helped him with. She had reported in her letters that he was a rebel sympathizer. She also thought he was the main light house keeper and Permelia was the assistant when it was really the other way around. Since she was a Union nurse, the abuse of soldiers may have been a rumor started by her or hospital people.” To be continued.

There are times when I wonder about the difference between models and average people like myself. What I wonder is how do models and actresses always have perfect skin from their feet to their face? Do they never get bug bites or poison ivy or acne? Is there some magic bubble that surrounds them in a protective shield? Yes, I am exhibiting envy and don’t feel bad about it. Everyone has something that bothers them. I know, I realize I have many neuroses and unfortunately you know about most of them. But my skin has always bothered me, or rather, the state of it. I am usually covered in all sorts of bug bites, scratches from who knows where, bruises from unknown causes, and some sort of adult acne at any given time. This is all besides the recent, strange red-spotted and patchy allergic skin condition I have had since last fall – I’m pretty sure I have mentioned that. My hands and arms are always dry because as a long-time picture framer I am trained to wash my hands constantly, sometimes with Comet to make sure they are dry with no chance of any body oils touching a mat, piece of art, or certain frames like real gold leaf, where a fingerprint can slowly become more visible over the years. At night it is acceptable to use lotions and potions – if I remember. When watching TV, I find myself staring at everyone’s skin. It amazes me to see actresses with skin where you can’t see the pores. Their skin is smooth and beautiful, even in High Definition. These actresses must use bug spray even if they walk to the mailbox. Who am I kidding – they have someone else go to the mailbox for them. Bugs love me, constantly trying to steal my blood or check to see if I am a flower. And the bruise thing. The perfect skin people must not have dogs like Mindy who step on your feet or scratch you when playing. I don’t even know where all my bruises come from. Well, I do know that the two large ones on my calf came from Mindy and her doggie boyfriend Syd playing hard and bumping their two stub-

born hound dog heads in to me. It doesn’t seem to matter where I stand on our acre lot, the two of them end up rough-housing right next to me. These models and actresses that I envy their perfect skin do have issues that bother them I know. You hear on the entertainment news all the time about the awful struggles they go through over body image and being body shamed all over the internet, even though I think they look perfect. I wish no one had to go through that. The worst thing that ever happened to me was once when I was a crazed, rushed mom in the mornings, I went to work without make-up. I really didn’t want to wait on this early male customer I knew, but my boss was on the phone. So, I went out to wait on him, and he said while looking at me, “Shelby, put a bag over it!” then turned around and left. That hurt. I don’t think my first husband ever saw me without make-up. Now, I am not so worried as I once was - my husband now probably wishes I would put it on sooner. No, he tells me I am beautiful all the time, and I choose to believe him. My mother used to tell me to wear my scars and bruises like a badge of honor. I guess that was her way of getting me to come to terms with my klutzy, tree-climbing, mud-fort building, Tom-boy ways. She was similar to me and had lots of scars from her adventures as a child. I was always in a tree – and not so wisely picked the holly tree as my favorite. I suppose I will always be in awe of those blessed with perfect skin, but I will try and remember my mother’s words – the same ones I said to my children and now say to my grandchildren – who seem to be following in my klutzy footsteps. Well, let me go earn some more badges. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send your comments or ideas to: or find me on Facebook.


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Singer-Songwriter Scott Kirby Making 11th-Annual Appearance in Solomons By Tim Flaherty Staff Writer

Scott Kirby, a singer-songwriter whose music can be described as a mixture of James Taylor and the Beatles with a little Jimmy Buffett thrown in, will be making his 11th annual concert visit to Solomons Island later this month when he plays at the Southern Maryland Sailing Association on Sunday, August 19 at 4pm. “I can’t believe I’ve been doing the Solomons show for this long now,” Kirby remarked when reminded of the date. “I started doing an annual show there in 2008? Wow. I love playing there so much. So many people who come to SMSA are sailors and coastal people who have a special connection to much of the music I do.” Kirby splits his time between residences in Kittery, ME; Key West, FL; and rural Montana, but he spends a significant amount of time on the road touring. He keeps his own sailboat on the Piscataqua River in New Hampshire. His love for boats and harbor towns is evident in many of his original songs.

Last year, he released his ninth CD, Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost. The title song is based on the roster of fellow song and novel writers who have populated Key West for the past several decades, but the album also includes influences of his life in Montana, where he and his wife, Sabrina, maintain a cabin. Including a mountain locale as an influence is not the only departure for the 63-year-old musician—the record was produced by the Nashville-based producing and recording duo of Andy and Matt Thompson, who themselves perform as the twoman group “The Massacoustics.” “I loved working with Matt and Andy on this record,” said Kirby. “They played all the instruments, too, and they are such great musicians. There is a different energy on this CD than on my others.” Kirby, who plays guitar and occasionally harmonica at his live shows, has had a busy touring schedule this summer. He recently concluded a Maine-toCalifornia run of shows, and is now concentrating on the East Coast with shows in Long Island, New Jersey, Annapolis, Philadelphia, and Virginia Beach, before

wrapping up this tour in Solomons. After a twoand-a-half week break, he will resume touring for the autumn as part of the “Mayer, Kirby, Mayer” trio with fellow guitarists Peter Mayer and Brendan Mayer. “It’s a very neat little town,” he says of Solomons. “Very scenic, and there’s lots of boats. The venue at the sailing club is great, and the people really pay attention to the music. Solomons is one of my favorite annual shows.” Tickets to the show at the Southern Maryland Sailing Association may be purchased Singer-songwriter Scott Kirby performing at SMSA in 2013.  A superb storyteller, Kirby returns to Solomons on August 19th.” online at, and cost $20 per-person. is sponsored by the Solomons Holiday Food is expected to be available on-site Inn and Conference Center, and by Coand beverages will be available for pur- rona Extra Beer. chase. In addition to SMSA, the concert

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The Last to Know We are new residents of the Clark’s Rest Community in Leonardtown, Maryland. We picked this community carefully as our retirement home. The diverse neighborhood, good choice of house plans, and most importantly, its proximity to Leonardtown were the deciding factors for us. We were shocked to learn, through media and word of mouth, that the St. Mary’s County Commissioners and Marrick Developers have decided that it would be a good idea to use property adjacent to our neighborhood that was designated for the good of Leonardtown and Clark’s Rest residents, as the best place to put this multi-million (county expense) facility. Despite claims to the contrary, we have yet to find a resident who knew of this plan until it was published in mid-July news media. The alternative location mentioned in the media was in the vicinity of FDR Boulevard and shopping centers in California. Since the greatest majority of animal shelters are located in commercial and/or industrial sites, the FDR location is ideal. The greatest concentration of population in St. Mary’s is centered between Lexington Park and California – not in Leonardtown. The additional traffic on Route

5, already highly impacted by traffic, will create utter chaos, and could easily contribute to increased accidents along this route. We feel that we were “blind-sided” throughout this whole process. It appears that a lot of time (and money) has already been dedicated to this proposed animal shelter and we never knew anything about it. Efforts to discuss with the County Commisioners and Marrick Construction have proven to be futile. The residents of Clark’s Rest need to be heard. If we weren’t here, Clark’s Rest would not exist. We want to encourage residents of Clark’s Rest and the Leonardtown Community to speak up, via email, letters, phone calls to the Commisioners and Marrick Construction. Food for thought - we live in a community that has sadly inadequate facilities for the homeless and abuse victims. If we have sufficient funds to support a shelter with 2500 animals passing through each year, it would seem we should consider dedicating these funds to shelter human beings, not animals. Larry and Mary Ludwig Leonardtown, Md 20650


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Well, in order to do you must cut each Lexington Park, Maryland and Tidewater Dental Solomons Island, Maryland. in order do this cut each toothtodown so you thatmust a prosthetic ter Dental Solomons Island, Maryland.healthy healthy down that a prosthetic Tomcsik: How did you get your start in crown can tooth fit over the so existing teeth on fit over the You existing teeth on ImplantTomcsik: Dentistry?How did you get your start ineachcrown side can of the space. than have Implant Dentistry? each prosthetic side of the bridge space. You than have a fixed attached to O’Roark: Early on, when I got out of fixedfilling prosthetic bridge attached to the gap. So you’ve now I got out ofeacha cap, school IO’Roark: realized Early that on, thewhen traditional each cap, gap. now two filling more the teeth inSo theyou’ve problem school realized that and the traditional prosthetics wereI not very good I had involved involved two more in the problem by cutting themteeth down to support prostheticstowere nottovery good and the opportunity listen a lecture byI hadareaarea by cutting them down if to one support the bridge. So what happens of the opportunity to listen to a lecture by one of the leaders in implant dentistry. the bridge. So what happens if one of the teeth used in making the bridge oneIofdid theextensive leaders instudying implant dentistry. From that and the teeth in fails making Now theused bridge andthe youbridge have From that I did extensive incorporated implants in my studying general andfails?fails? Nowteeth. the bridge fails and you have two missing incorporated implants in my general practice. I had experience in removable two missing teeth. practice. I had removableTomcsik: So what you’re saying is you partial dentures, full experience dentures, incrowns partial dentures, full dentures, crownsnowTomcsik: what teeth you’rethat saying you and bridges but I found none of them have two So healthy youis are butreplacement I found noneofof athemcompromising now have twotohealthy teeth that of youthe are satisfiedand the bridges need for fill the space need for replacement to fill the space of the missing satisfied tooth orthe missing teeth, whether of aone compromising missing tooth… missing tooth or missing teeth, whether one missing tooth… that be one tooth, section of teeth, or or that be one atooth, a section of teeth, O’Roark:Exactly. Exactly.Now Now that’s that’s not not a wholea arch teeth. The point is, it is, itO’Roark: wholeofarch of teeth. The point wrong, butbut youyou must keep ininmind wrong, must keep mindthat that is important for these teeth and roots is important for these teeth and rootsthose teeth are being compromised and to be replaced to prevent bone bone loss. loss. If If those teeth are being compromised and to be replaced to prevent if something should gogowrong should wrongwith with eieiyou takeyou thetake function away from bone the function away from bonetherifofsomething those teeth supporting the bridge ther of those teeth supporting the by extracting a tooth, and you do nothby extracting a tooth, and you do noth-you will lose the bridge too andbridge now will lose the bridge too and now ing about you it,will and it ing it, about youlose willbone lose bone and ityouryou problem is larger. will continue for a significant amount will continue for a significant amount your problem is larger. of time.ofIf time. I canIfput that and andTomcsik: So So letmeunderstand I can putroot thatback root back Tomcsik: letmeunderstand somesomekeep thekeep bone function we will In In a single theinbone in function we prewill pre-thing. thing. a singletooth toothreplacement replacement serve theserve bone you’ve given meme two thevery bonenicely. very nicely. you’ve given twooptions. options.One One isis aa single rootroot replacement called an single replacement called an imimTomcsik: What are you replacing the Tomcsik: What are you replacing theplant with a crown that integrates into plant with a crown that integrates into root with? root with? the system. The other option the system. The other optionisisaabridge bridge O’Roark: Most people don’t don’t have have a awhere you’ve cutcut two O’Roark: Most people where you’ve twoteeth teethand andyou’ve you’ve good idea about implant is. Sois. Sobridged thethe gapgap between good idea what aboutan what an implant bridged betweenthem themwith withjust just I like toI like call to them with no no root replacement. call root them replacements. root replacements.a crown a crown with root replacement.Give Give When you loseyou orlose remove a tooth you youme, me, if you will, a ten year When or remove a tooth if you will, a ten yearprognosis prognosis of of remove remove the crown, which which is the ispart in both scenarios. the crown, the you part youthe patient the patient in both scenarios.What Whatdoes does root which is under the gumthe the patient look scenario11 and and see and see theand rootthe which is under the gum patient look likelikeininscenario goes the jawbone. I do isscenario scenario in ten years? and goesand into theinto jawbone. WhatWhat I do is 2 in2 ten years?

O’Roark: The life expectancy of a nation is very comparable to the price fixed bridgeThe canlife be expectancy anywhere from of isthe three unit bridge. This amplifies O’Roark: of a tennation very comparable to the price to fifteen years. the other from hand,ten sinceof the thethree fact unit that bridge. the value replacing that fixed bridge can On be anywhere Thisofamplifies you’ve replaced the root bonethe fact tooth with rootofreplacement, to fifteennot years. On the other hand,the since that the avalue replacing thatnot only underneath will continue to the deteriorate. involve adjacentnot teeth you’ve not replaced the root bone toothdoes withnot a root replacement, onlybut it is If the bridge lost or one of the abut-doescomparable to the cost unit underneath williscontinue to deteriorate. not involve adjacent teethofbuta itthree is ments (teeth isthat theofbridge) is lostcomparable bridge. Itoconsider a number one If the bridge losthold or one the abutthe cost that of a as three unit or damaged thenhold your advantage of that doing implant ments (teeth that theproblem bridge) isgets lostbig-bridge. I consider as athe number oneover the ger. In the case theproblem root replacement, bridge.of doing the implant over the or damaged thenof your gets big- advantage Iger. have implants havereplacement, been in func-bridge. In the case of that the root Tomcsik: I see a lot of ads for periotion forimplants well over I have thatthirty have years. been in func- Tomcsik: dontists, oral surgeons, general I see a lot of ads for perio- dentist tion for well over thirty years. Tomcsik: So those people don’t havedontists, that oral all claim to place surgeons, generalimplants. dentist How bone retention problems. one to decide to goHow to if they Tomcsik: So those peopleThe don’timplant have isthat does all claim place who implants. enough support to keep theimplant bone is fromdoesneed get an implant? bone retention problems. The one to decide who to go to if they disappearing? enough support to keep the bone from needO’Roark: to get an implant? You can ask for referrals from disappearing? You can and ask forfamily. referralsYou fromcan ask O’Roark: It’s not so much that the im-O’Roark: your friends O’Roark: not so much thatbone. the imfriends and dentist family. for Youa can ask or you plant is a It’s support for the Boneyouryour general referral plant is like a support Bone Ityourcan general dentist a referralBoard or youof Oral doesn’t to be for putthe outbone. to pasture. go to The for American doesn’t like put nothing out to pasture. to The American Board Oral doesn’t liketotobehave to do. ItAndcan go Implantology. They are ofthe premiere doesn’tits likefunction to have nothing to taken do. And are the premiere when has been awayImplantology. source forThey finding highly experienced when it, its itfunction has beenAnd takenit away for finding experienced from will disappear. will dis-source doctors doing highly implants. They will list from it, itrather will disappear. And itWith will disdoing They will list doing appear dramatically. an im-doctors for you theimplants. board certified doctors appearthe rather dramatically. an im-andfor you the board certified doingto know plant bone remains inWith function implants today. It’s doctors important plantthe thepotential bone remains function andTheimplants today. It’s cannot important has to lastinindefinitely. the specialist do to theknow restorative has the potential to last cannot the do the restorative first implant I ever putindefinitely. in place inThe 1971,the specialist work, whereas general dentist that first implantinI ever put in place in 1971, whereastheir the practice general dentist that remained function, in the patientswork, restricts to specializing in remaineduntil in function, in away the patients their practice to specializing mouth she passed in aboutrestricts implants will place the implantin and remouth Iuntil she put passed away in about the implant and re2004. will not a timeframe on howimplants storewill the place prosthetics for the implants. 2004. they’ll I will notlast put because a timeframe on literally how store the prosthetics for the implants. long they Tomcsik: So when a specialist provides long they’ll last because literally Tomcsik: have the potential to last they indefinitely. So when a specialist providesthe root a quote, they are just quoting have the potential to last indefinitely. a quote, they are just quoting rootnot the Tomcsik: When you talk about put- replacement or implanttheand Tomcsik: When into you the talk jaw about put-thatreplacement or implantorand not the ting an implant bone tooth replacement crown? ting an implant into theelaborate jaw bone surgery. that tooth replacement or crown? sounds like a pretty O’Roark: That is largely true. That’s a sounds like a pretty elaborate surgery. O’Roark: That is largely true. That’s a Can youelaborate elaborateonon that? Can you that? very good point. get a quotation very good point. If youIfgetyou a quotation O’Roark: Actually, surgery to placefromfrom a specialist you make must sure make sure O’Roark: Actually, thethe surgery to place a specialist you must the implantisisvery verynominal. nominal. is being clearthe that theheprice the implant It’s It’s rela-rela-that that he is he being clear that price is he is tively painless. I operate under local giving you is for the implant and tively painless. I operate under local giving you is for the implant and not the not the anesthesia andoral oralpresedation presedation if youprosthetic prosthetic the that things anesthesia and if you part. part. One ofOne the of things I that I wish. putthe theroot rootreplacement replacement is restricting my pracwish. IfIf II put in inhavehave tried tried to dotois do restricting my practhis morning,you youcan can back to worktice tice to placing implants and providing this morning, gogo back to work to placing implants and providing this afternoon.There There will stitches.the prosthetics the prosthetics for about 15now years now this afternoon. will be be no no stitches. for about 15 years There virtuallynonoswelling. swelling. There’sand and incorporated my general There isis virtually There’s have have incorporated into myinto general generally nopain. pain.There’s There’s bleedingpractice practice at 35 least 35 now. yearsThe now. The generally no no no bleeding for atfor least years and theprocedure procedureis is quite innocuous. important important thatcontinuity the continuity and the quite innocuous. thing thing is thatis the from the implant through the placement the implant through the placement Tomcsik: Theother othermajor major concern Tomcsik: The concern I Ifrom of prosthetic the prosthetic is allby done by the same of the is all done the imagine peoplehaving havingabout about implant person. There is a lot to be same imagine people implant said person. There is a lot to be said for thatfor that dentistry thecost. cost. How does com- because I can design your implant dentistry isisthe How does thatthat combecause I can design your implant place- placepare tootheroptions? options? pare toother to accept the prosthetic results that mentment to accept the prosthetic results that O’Roark: Thesimplest simplest thing to do we want anresult, end result, especially in O’Roark: The thing to do is iswe want as anasend especially in compare onemissing missingtooth tooth implant complex compare one implant to tocomplex cases.cases. a three three unit unitbridge bridgeasasdiscussed discussed earlier. earlier. The cost combiPAID PAID ADVERTISEMENT The costofof the theimplant/crown implant/crown combiADVERTISEMENT

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